Show ContentsHollingworth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Hollingworth name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Hollingworth was originally derived from a family having lived as inhabitants by holly bushes. The surname Hollingworth originally derived from the Old English word hollins. [1]

Early Origins of the Hollingworth family

The surname Hollingworth was first found in Chester at Hollingworth, a township, in the parish of Mottram-in-Longden-Dale, union of Ashton-underLyne, hundred of Macclesfield. [2] [1]

Today, the village is in the Metropolitan Borough of Tameside, Greater Manchester.

The family descends from "a township in the parish of Mottram, co. Chester, possessed by the family in very early times." [3]

The village dates back to before 1059 when it was listed as Holisurde. This was the spelling used in the Domesday Book of 1086. By the 13th century, it was listed as Holinewurth and literally meant "holly enclosure." [4]

"From a period prior to the Conquest, the village wholly belonged to the family of Hollingworth, until, some centuries since, it was divided into two manors, one of which, with the old Hall or manor-house, continued in the hands of their descendants until the 1800s. Captain Robert de Hollingworth, after his return from India, re-purchased the ancient family estate from the Rev. Daniel Whitle, to whom his grandfather had sold it. He went about the arduous task to restoring the estate to its previous glory. "[2]

Exploring early rolls, we found Thomas de Holinewurth in the Staffordshire Pipe Rolls of 1211-1215, and Thomas de Holingworth in the Assize Rolls for Cheshire in 1286. [5]

Years later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls included: Johannes de Holynworth; and Rogerus Holymworth. [1]

East Cheshire records included John de Holynworth, 1325; and John de Holynworth, of Disley, Cheshire, 1438. [1]

Early History of the Hollingworth family

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Hollingworth Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hollingworth include Hollingsworth, Hollinsworth, Hollingworth and many more.

Early Notables of the Hollingworth family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Richard Hollinworth (Hollingworth) (1607-1656), an English clergyman of Presbyterian views, an influential figure in North-West England in the 1640's, educated at the Manchester grammar school and Magdalene College, Cambridge in 1626 and 1631. He was the son of Francis Hollinworth and Margaret...
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Ireland Migration of the Hollingworth family to Ireland

Some of the Hollingworth family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Hollingworth migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Hollingworth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Hollingworth, who settled in New England in 1635 with his wife Susan and four children
  • Mr. William Hollingworth, aged 7, who landed in Massachusetts Bay in 1635 aboard the ship "Blessing" [6]
  • Charles Hollingworth, who arrived in Virginia in 1657 [7]

Australia Hollingworth migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hollingworth Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Hollingworth, (Parkinson) who was convicted in Derbyshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bussorah Merchant" on 24th March 1828, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Allen Hollingworth, aged 23, a joiner, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • John Hollingworth, aged 22, a joiner, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • Mr. Joseph Hollingworth, British Convict who was convicted in Leeds, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Corona" on 13th October 1866, arriving in Western Australia, Australia [9]

New Zealand Hollingworth migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hollingworth Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Edward Hollingworth, aged 26, a carpenter, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Phillis Hollingworth, aged 22, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Benjamin Hollingworth, aged 3, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Joseph Hollingworth, aged 1, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Mr. George Hollingworth, (b. 1831), aged 28, British saddler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Regina" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1859 [10]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Hollingworth (post 1700) +

  • James Neil Hollingworth (1933-1996), American hippie, writer, and former manager of the psychedelic folk rock bands Quicksilver Messenger Service and Ace of Cups
  • Thomas Vernon Hollingworth (1907-1973), American-born, English cricketer
  • Leta Hollingworth (1886-1939), American pioneering psychologist
  • Clare Hollingworth (1911-2017), British journalist and author, the first war correspondent to report the outbreak of World War II, described as "the scoop of the century"
  • Robert Hollingworth (b. 1947), Australian artist and writer
  • Gordon "Gord, Bucky" Hollingworth (1933-1974), Canadian NHL ice hockey defenceman for the Chicago Black Hawks in 1954 and later with the Detroit Red Wings
  • John Harold Hollingworth (b. 1930), British Conservative politician, Member of Parliament for Birmingham All Saints (1959 - 1964)
  • Corinne Ann Hollingworth (b. 1952), British BAFTA Award winning television producer and executive, best known for her work on BBC's EastEnders and Family Affairs
  • Peter John Hollingworth AC, OBE (b. 1935), retired Australian Anglican bishop
  • The Rt Revd Hollingworth Tully Kingdon DD, English Anglican bishop, Bishop of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada (1892-1907)

The Hollingworth Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Disce ferenda pati
Motto Translation: Learn to endure what must be borne.

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